23 July, 2008

Waterdrops vs Waterdrops

Running out of ideas? Don't what to draw? Just look through the "most popular" section to get some inspiration. That's what i did last week and come across this 2 vector stocks....

Transparent water drops by dip2000
Download: 14
Viewed: 394
Upload On: 2007-10-22

Bubbles and droplets
by molotovcoketail
Download: 2547
Viewed: 25271
Upload On: 2006-09-29

Screenshot (23/07/2008):

Click on link to visit original page @ istockphoto

Click on link to visit original page @ istockphoto

12 July, 2008

Vote me! Vote me!

iStockphoto created the Worldwide Punctum Day Awards in 2007 to recognize and reward its talented contributors...

As a designer, you’ve already got an eye for this punctum thing anyways. So if you know an iStock artist who consistently impresses you, vote for one of their high-caliber, quality files singing with artistic achievement. Files are eligible for Punctum Day Awards if they were contributed between July 24, 2007 and June 30, 2008.

Any iStock member can vote for a file in each of the five categories: Photo, Vector, Video, Flash and Design. When voting ends on July 25, judges will choose the winners from the pool of eligible, highest-ranked files voted for by our members. Prizes for the Punctum Day Awards total $40,000 USD.

Worldwide Punctum Day Voting: July 2-25, 2008
Winners will be announced: August 19, 2008

Punctum Day Award categories and prizes:
Photo of the Year ($5,000 USD)
Vector of the Year ($5,000 USD)
Video of the Year ($5,000 USD)
Flash of the Year ($5,000 USD)
Design of the Year ($5,000 USD)
(part of text & picture taken from istockphoto)

So log-in to istockphoto now and support your favorite illustrator (example, me :) by vote for their impressive vector (example, my "Cute Big Head Puppy" :)

click on picture for larger preview

For more details, please click on link to visit PunctumAward @ istockphoto.

09 July, 2008

Realistic Vector ≠ Best Selling

Your Illustrator's skill is very good. You want to illustrated a "photo-reallistic" master piece...

You spend 2 weeks, 4 hours a day (after work), finally your nice fresh shinning beautiful apple vector illustration is done. You start to upload to istockphoto (cos istockphoto can get better pay for vector download).
Few days later, the vector got approved and listed in your gallery. After few weeks you maybe manage to get 1 or 2 downloads but many reviews and very high rating... You start to wonder, why so many people like my work but not much download? What's wrong with my work? It look so real and the gradient was so perfectly done...

Actually there's nothing wrong with your artwork, it's fine, but if the buyer want to buy a realistic apple, they call always look for a real apple photo image rather than a "photo-reallistic" vector apple.
If the buyer is looking for vector, they'll only buy/download the vector that match their campaign/project's concept and not because of how nice the gradient was make.

Here's some sample vector taken from istockphoto...

(picture taken from istockphoto)

Of course many "photo-reallistic" vectors also are selling well.
Please click on link to view
istockphoto's "Photo-realistic Vectors" lightbox.

08 July, 2008

Green Earth International Graphic Design Competition

Following the success of last year's 'love your earth' competition, designboom and the DA design association japan have joined together, along with TOBU DEPARTMENT STORE to organize the 'green earth' international design competition...

Participation is open to applicants from every country in the world, to professionals, students, and design-enthusiasts. Free registration required.

The subject of the international competition is
green earth

TOBU DEPARTMENT STORE is affiliated with world heritage kew gardens and helps organize campaigns to help raise awareness and protect the earth. For the competition 'green earth' you are asked to enter projects in to one or both of the following 2 categories:

Create a graphic artwork that illustrates the environmental protection and how human beings and nature could coexist in a greener world.

Give the gift of a greener world at christmas. create a graphic artwork that will make this festive time of the year a moment to consider what we can do to help our planet's survival. You can use iconic christmas motifs in your design for example reindeers, trees, etc.

The designers of the 5 winning entries will be granted with cash prize awards :
- 1st prize: ¥500,000 YEN
- 2nd prize: ¥200,000 YEN
- 3 x 3rd prize(s): ¥100,000 YEN (each)
TOBU DEPARTMENT STORE will use a selection of the shortlisted entries for disposable shopping bags and for other promotional material. The eco-bags will be also presented during the tokyo designer’s week 2008.
Designers will be fully credited when their work is used. And as always… designboom will publish an exhaustive results report.

Design Criteria
Your designs must satisfy the following criteria:

Original/innovative design
avoid the obvious, fashionable fads and styles, illustrate what is most important to you.

Attractive design
Good sense of color, typography, illustration, photography etc.

Your design should be related to the theme 'green earth'. Deliver an instant message with your image.

It should be easy to adapt your design for different types of mediums, flags, stamps, posters etc.
Your design could be used in a single color.

Registration deadline
Application registration will be accepted from june 17 through august 26, 2008.

Submit your entry / entries
Whether you're an individual or group, you can only submit a maximum of 3 works.

For each entry you are required to prepare a hi-res file of your design approximately 50 x 50 cm (vertical format) , 300dpi (the original hi-res image(s) of your entry will be requested if your work is shortlisted.)

Up to 3 files for uploading to our server each entry should consist of maximum three images:
please note: use only .gif, .jpeg, (72 dpi) max 100 KB each file, RGB color mode.
maximum image size for uploading is 600 (width) x 700 (height) pixels..

The original high-resolution image(s) will be requested if your work is shortlisted.

Explanation of ideas
You have the possibility to explain your design by entering a brief description, in the text entry fields (english text only, explanation is expected to be concise).

You will be requested to accept the competition guidelines
Competition guidelines: projects participating to the competition, must be original works. Projects must be free from copyrights and any kind of obligation. the design shall not in any way infringe any third party’s right, including but not limited to copyright, logos, trademark, trade names, or other proprietary rights of publicity or privacy.
Only entries with a declaration of authorship are accepted ! (when submitting your design you will be asked to tick a box of declaration)

Deadline for submission of entries
Works can be submitted through august 27, 2008.

Any moral and paternity right regarding the project sent in for application is designer’s property. However by participating in the competition, all participants authorise DESIGNBOOM and TOBU DEPARTMENT STORE to publish and exhibit all the designs (including project data submitted) – waiving compensation – at exhibitions and events and / or to use them for disposable shopping bags and for other promotional material that the organisers may deem suitable and/or necessary.
Designers will be fully credited when their work is used.
(text & graphic taken from designboom.com)

For more details, please visit designboom.com